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Contessa Jade Bilodeau of Holyoke avoids jail in theft of jewelry valued at more than $24,000 from mother in Southampton

Thursday, September 11, 2014

NORTHAMPTON (AP) — A Holyoke woman charged with stealing more than $24,000 worth of jewelry from her mother has pleaded to sufficient facts for a guilty finding, but avoided jail time. Contessa Jade Bilodeau entered her plea this week to a single charge of larceny, and the case was continued without a finding until September 2016. During that time the 25-year-old Bilodeau must stay drug and alcohol free. Police say …

Two Holyoke women charged with trafficking after stop on Interstate 91 in Whately yields 1,000 bags of heroin

Saturday, September 6, 2014

WHATELY — Two Holyoke women have been charged with trafficking in heroin after an Interstate 91 traffic stop in July yielded 1,000 bags of the drug, according to police. There were also two small children in the car, according to police reports. Zeneida Gonzalez, 27, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to …

Three-car crash on I-91 south in Holyoke backs up traffic Sunday

Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOLYOKE — A three-car collision on I-91 southbound in Holyoke backed up traffic for nearly two hours Sunday afternoon. No one was injured in the accident, which occurred around 4:10 p.m., according to Massachusetts State Police. The collision left only one southbound lane of traffic open until about 6 p.m. and caused about …

Mount Tom brush fire tests firefighters’ climbing abilities

Thursday, May 8, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — Firefighters battling a brush fire on the west side of Mount Tom State Reservation Thursday afternoon struggled more to reach the fire than they did putting it out. The fire broke out about 400 feet off …

Holyoke motorcyclist hospitalized, South Deerfield driver cited following Mount Tom Road crash

Thursday, May 8, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A 30-year-old Holyoke man was hospitalized after his motorcycle was struck Wednesday afternoon by a turning car on Mount Tom Road. Roman V. Sheremet was taken to Cooley Dickinson Hospital for what police described as a “significant” left ankle injury after being struck by a car …

Holyoke woman denies slamming brother’s head into refrigerator, basement doors

Thursday, April 24, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke woman appeared in Northampton District Court Thursday to deny charges that she grabbed her 45-year-old brother and slammed his head into refrigerator and basement doors after he tried to break up a family argument. Julie M. Helems, 41, pleaded not guilty to charges of …

Firefighters extinguish 26-acre Mount Tom brush fire

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HOLYOKE — Firefighters from seven departments had their work cut out for them Sunday as they battled a remote 26-acre brush fire at the top of the former Mount Tom Ski Area. The fire was reported at about 9:55 a.m. and firefighters were on scene until 3 p.m., …

Rollover crash on Interstate 91 southbound backs up traffic on highway and in Northampton

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A single-vehicle rollover accident in the southbound lane of Interstate 91 snarled traffic for more than an hour Friday afternoon on the highway and in downtown Northampton. A 2010 Ford Econoline van driven southbound by John Hamel, 25, of Plymouth, rolled over about 2 p.m., according …

Holyoke mayor’s cousin reaches plea agreement in connection with March drunken driving incident on city bike path

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — A Holyoke man arrested last month after he drove onto the city bike path near Union Station will lose his driver’s license for 45 days and pay $300 in fines under a plea agreement reached in Northampton District Court. Nicholas A. Duclos, 22, a cousin of …

Calendula Chaudle of Holyoke arrested on gun, drug charges

Friday, April 18, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — State police arrested Calendula Chaudle, 37, of Holyoke, at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Holyoke and charged him with unlicensed carrying of a firearm and possession of a Class A drug (heroin). Chaudle was taken to the Northampton barracks where he was held pending his arraignment in …

Education group hosts film showing, panel on ‘high-stakes’ school testing Thursday at HCC

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Educators for a Democratic Union, a progressive caucus of state Teachers Association members, is hosting a free film screening and panel discussion Thursday at Holyoke Community College about standardized testing in public schools. A showing of the 73-minute documentary, “Standardized: Lies, Money and Civil Rights” by former teacher …

Aliza Pluta of Holyoke named new principal of William E. Norris School in Southampton

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The new principal of the William E. Norris School is Aliza Pluta, principal of Holyoke’s Morgan Full Service Community School. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent Craig Jurgensen said he chose Pluta from three finalists based on her …

Naming the Baby

Friday, April 4, 2014

BALKUS — Liam Thomas, son of Thomas Balkus and Lindsay Rhoades, of Holyoke, was born March 15 at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. The maternal grandparents are John and Lisa Rhoades of Florence. The paternal grandparents are Joan and Robert Tremblay of St. Cloud, Fla., and Thomas …